The action genre is characterized by more emphasis on exciting action sequences than on character development or story-telling.

An Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason
Black Wings Beating (Skybound #1)
Light Years
The Battle of the Labyrinth: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4)
Knights vs. Dinosaurs
The Darkdeep (The Darkdeep, #1)
The Three Secret Cities (Jack West Jr #5)
Otherearth (Last Reality, #2)
The Gathering (Ivy Blackwood Chronicles, #1)
The Train to Impossible Places: A Cursed Delivery
Gabriel (Stone Warriors, #3)
Craft Brew (Trouble Brewing, #2)
Hiding the Moon (Fish Out of Water, #4/Racing for the Sun, #2)
Defiance Of The Heart (Sins Of The Heart, #2)
The Spy's Love Song (Stars from Peril, #1)
Past Tense (Jack Reacher, #23)
Dark Sacred Night (Renée Ballard, #2; Harry Bosch, #21; Harry Bosch Universe, #31)
The President Is Missing
Oracle's Haunt (Desert Cursed, #4)
Origin (Robert Langdon, #5)
Cut and Run
The Boy I Grew Up With
A Steep Price (Tracy Crosswhite, #6)
Sea of Greed (NUMA Files, #16)
Justice Redeemed (Darren Street #1)
The Fallen (Amos Decker, #4)
Minutes to Kill (Scarlet Falls, #2)
Red War (Mitch Rapp, #17)
The King Tides (Lancaster & Daniels, #1)
Twisted Truth (Rogue Justice #1)
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le CarréThe Bourne Identity by Robert LudlumThe Spy Who Came In from the Cold by John le CarréThe Hunt for Red October by Tom ClancyThe Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
Best Spy Novels
1,008 books — 1,824 voters
Not in the Script by Amy FinneganIt's a Wonderful Death by Sarah J. SchmittThe Islands at the End of the World by Austin AslanStolen Songbird by Danielle L. JensenPandemic by Yvonne Ventresca
Exciting Upcoming Books of 2014
210 books — 268 voters

Nobody's Hero by Kallypso MastersMasters at Arms by Kallypso MastersNobody's Angel by Kallypso MastersNobody's Perfect by Kallypso MastersNo Place to Run by Maya Banks
Military Romance and Fiction
857 books — 942 voters
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff KinneyThe Beast of Cretacea by Todd StrasserThe Lightning Thief by Rick RiordanThe Ability by M.M. VaughanHatchet by Gary Paulsen
4th-7th Grade Reluctant Boy Readers
232 books — 186 voters

Jurassic Park by Michael CrichtonThe Hobbit by J.R.R. TolkienThe Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsThe Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. TolkienThe Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Best Action-Adventure Novels
1,592 books — 1,967 voters
Saga, Vol. 5 by Brian K. VaughanNimona by Noelle StevensonLumberjanes, Vol. 1 by Noelle StevensonRat Queens, Vol. 2 by Kurtis J. WiebeMs. Marvel, Vol. 2 by G. Willow Wilson
Best Graphic Novels 2015
130 books — 362 voters

Popular Action Books

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner, #1)
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
Allegiant (Divergent, #3)
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
Angels & Demons  (Robert Langdon, #1)
Legend (Legend, #1)

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I want to be in a relationship where you telling me you love me is just a ceremonious validation of what you already show me.
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

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